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Some understanding of the term *The Divine Virtue is necessary.  The series of articles on Biblical themes, study of the biblical topics (Bible Study), topics on Christian witnessing, theology, understanding the Bible as a whole and sermons – is developed around the Supreme Principle  –  the Divine mind, word and work. Studying the topics provides some insight into the working of the mind of God and the pattern of His work.

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Weekly Message

Some understanding of the term *The Divine Virtue is necessary.  The series of articles on Biblical themes, study of the biblical topics (Bible Study), topics on Christian witnessing, theology, understanding the Bible as a whole and sermons – is developed around the Supreme Principle  –  the Divine mind, word and work. Studying the topics provides some insight into the working of the mind of God and the pattern of His work.

The study and the unfolding understanding could be seen structured within the term, the Divine Virtue. 

Under this study, God’s work, and His call to humanity (since the times ancient) to conform its life to His mind, will and work could be seen justified to the ‘divine character’ of the Person of God.  Understanding various aspects of God’s work, - especially some enigmatic ones - that are spread through human history is possible when God’s Person is understood.  However, there are still some issues in the Bible that stay beyond human grasp; and certainly elusive to us here, as well.  In general, to the extent possible, this declared intent on theme is central to our enquiry, which is being developed to assist the Christian apologetic and witnessing ministry.  The study is fully based on the Bible.

      Understanding this preeminent ‘Divine dynamic phenomenon’ interacting with human life of all time requires some grasp of the composite nature of the Divine Being - God. This involves the well-known Attributes of God that God Himself revealed at various times. They are, Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Love.  Since they exist collectively and are eternally immutable in the Divine Being, they could be collectively termed - The Divine Virtue. Humanity knows that no scripture in the world reveals God in entirety. It only knows God just in parts as ‘aspects,’ or ‘attributes.’  These attributes as truth, justice, righteousness and love are found plentifully in the Bible, especially in God’s messages that the Prophets proclaimed.  These have been declared by God Himself, and have also been experienced by all humanity. Biblical history reveals that God’s every thought, word and work are conditioned by these Divine Virtues.  Eternally of the Divine Person, these Virtues are originally the Attributes of God, and God allowed humanity to know them because, God’s work with humanity depends entirely on them. 

    The dynamic of the Divine Virtue that the Bible reveals to humanity about God makes God of the Bible distinct from gods people follow and worship.  [More on the topic in subsequent studies.]

    Existing in God as a whole these Virtues (attributes) live as embodiment in God, - constituting His ‘Being.’  The Divine Virtues (truth, justice, righteousness and love) are never independent of each other, yet fully interdependent; and they always exist together in God’s Being.  For example, in God Truth can never exist apart from Justice, righteousness and Love; and so on.  Being immutably together as one divine unit, the collective term The Divine Virtue (singular) is applied.   

     Once we (humans) understand the immutability of these Attributes of God, the mind, word and work of God become predictable to man.  This predictability is due to man’s inherent gift of the virtues that God instilled in man at his creation by breathing His Spirit.  However, in man, the virtues never exist ‘together as one unit’ as in God’s Being. For this reason, they can never be termed as a collective single immutable virtue.  For example, man can be perfunctorily ‘just’ without necessarily being the person of ‘truth;’ and so on. They are never in man’s very ‘being’ with integrity. These attributes in man (though divine) are sporadic, arbitrary, and expedient (self-serving) in his life’s functional form. While one attribute is expediential the other attributes stay shy, or away or dormant. Because of this nature they are only recognized as ‘virtues’ (plural) in human being.  They are inept, never able to rise to the character of the ‘pure living being’ that God made man to be.   

      In the case of man, these virtues are in the functional realm. Since man separates these virtues and uses them without agreement with and accountability to the other virtues, man is violating the divine tenet of the requisite of keeping them together (as they are in God).  This is the foundational nature to sin in man. 

     The Bible clearly presents God’s concern over human failure on these divine virtues; hence His concern over the very ‘being’ of man.   God’s message through the Prophets is the best example of this. There, stout complaint on the lack of truth, justice, and righteousness and love in human life’s conduct appear repeatedly. For this reason, humanity has been under God’s judgment precisely for this failure of the ‘divine virtues’ in his being and conduct. 

     All Divine instruction, arbitration, terms of restoration of relationships, bestowing of favors or their withholding, judgments, resolution of issues, etc.,  depend, basically by the measure of the Divine Virtue of God’s very Being. All those divine activities must be in perfect agreement with the Person of God – His Being.  This suggests that God’s Person (the Being) is affected when these Virtues are violated by man; also means, they are violated in man.  Herein is the foundation for ‘sin.’  This conflict of the divine virtues in man with the Divine Virtue in God’s Being brings God into the scene of life.  Biblical history is the great narrative of the work of God of the Divine Virtue to reestablish its preeminence through His own Virtue, even by making it manifest in God’s Son who took the form of flesh in a man called Jesus.

     Furthermore, God’s work in Jesus, the final call to humanity to stand in the Great Judgment, the foundation of the blessed state of the Kingdom of God, and the commission to the redeemed to work on it till the  coming of the Lord – all these stand on, and resolved by the Divine Virtue – Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Love.  Once this divine dynamic is understood clearly, understanding the work of God that the Bible presents becomes easy.  Hence is the term, The Divine Virtue of the website. [This topic is presented elsewhere in the course of the series.]

     In Christ’s appearance as a ‘human being,’ restoration of the original status of ‘the being’ that man lost in sin, has been restored.  This happened in Christ’s death, sinner’s purification by his cleansing blood, and resurrection as a ‘new being.’ These redemptive acts in the sacrificed Christ brought man back to his status of the ‘original being,’ now justified by God.  This ‘new being’ of man shall, hereafter, think, speak and work in accordance with the Divine Virtues.  By these, the Kingdom of God is going to be built, and the redeemed humanity shall also be working in the world till the Lord’s coming, doing the Kingdom’s work.

[* The Divine Virtue as a term does not appear in the English Bible as such. Corresponding term Daiva Neeti may be perceived in use in Sanskrit/Telugu biblical theology.  However, this term automatically does not connote the entire content of the term The Divine Virtue involving Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Love that exist as attributes in the Divine Being. In God, who is the Being of the Divine Virtue (daiva neeti), all issues Christian believers struggle with, could be seen somewhat resolved within the theological and historical accounts of the Bible. Understanding the use of the term ‘Divine Virtue’ would also give full content to the term daiva neeti.  This usage can help in Christian witnessing, especially among people of other faiths.]  

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